This month, our students eagerly welcomed Max Mueller, an officer from the 79th precinct located in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, to speak to our student body on behalf of the New York City Police Department.
Since every school is having meaningful conversations as we are Looking at ICS Values through a Race Lens, and as we have incorporated the Social Justice Standards into our curriculums, we couldn’t be more proud of our students taking on a leadership role and maturely discussing these sensitive topics while also exhibiting such thoughtfulness.
They appreciated the officer sharing his experiences, as well as his perspective on some of the challenging issues our country has been facing in recent times.
Students expressed a great deal of gratitude and respect throughout the entire session, as was evident in their engagement and in constructing their own questions.
The following are some of the questions students created & asked.
- If you witnessed a fellow officer committing a crime, what would you do?
- How did it feel when you went to work for the first time? What are the benefits of working for the NYPD?
- How have your experiences/encounters as a police officer affected you mentally/emotionally? Are there any resources for officers dealing with PTSD?
- How has 2020 affected your job? Considering police brutality and the protests?
- What is the best part of being a cop?
The initial goal was to start a dialogue, and we certainly would love to involve more students, parents, staff members, law enforcement officials, police officers & the military in this dialogue to build a bridge between our community and law enforcement.
We would also like to express our gratitude to Mr. Aldo Rrakuli for initiating this great idea, and to our entire high school staff for assisting Mr. Rrakuli to make this event happen, and for all of their support.